They dedicated their lives to the citizens of DeKalb County, knowing, at the time, they would have a meager pension and some assistance with health insurance premiums upon retirement.
But now our retirees have become to expensive. They are a burden to the taxpayers of DeKalb County. The commissioners don't have the courage to make appropriate cuts in budgets and reduce the bloated work force to protect our retirees.
So now the rules may be changed. The commissioners are considering to just simply drop their health insurance, leaving our retirees to defend for themselves. For them to just hold on until they reach the age of
It wasn't supposed to be this way. The retirees planned for their future. They made financial decisions based on knowing a part of their health insurance would be paid. They invested in Differed Comp to help make ends meet knowing their pension would not be enough. But now, they will have to use that, plus more, to pay for health insurance.
They may not be in the best of health, they may have spouses or children that are sick and struck with a debilitating illness or disease. They cannot simply run out and get another job that offers benefits, especially in this economy.
When the retirees hired on, benefits was part of the deal. Now the commissioners are wanting to break their end of the deal. It gives us a sick feeling in our stomachs to know the commissioners are even considering treating our retirees like this.
As a current employee, an employee who is nearing retirement or one who wants to make this a career until retirement, you should be equally afraid. Because now, on that wonderful day that you retire, you could easily retire into no healthcare.
But at the end of the day, when all is said and done, Burrell Ellis, his staff and all the commissioners will have their insurance premiums paid until the day they die.
Now get out there and write those tickets!